Carney, McNamara star as UM women win

March 22, 2000|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK -- Quinn Carney scored five goals yesterday and disappeared into the background of another Maryland women's lacrosse celebration.

Megan McNamara tossed in two goals and now has racked up eight goals and five assists in four starts since replacing injured junior attacker Meredith Egan. McNamara celebrated by barely talking above a whisper and describing all the team unity on the five-time defending national champions.

Carney did break into a little smile when one of her teammates called her `Quinn-tuplet' for her five-goal effort in a rain-splashed 15-8 romp for top-ranked Maryland over No. 9 Dartmouth on the school's artificial turf facility.

For Carney and McNamara, it was another normal day on the lacrosse field, playing the sport they love and winning again without seeking out the spotlight.

"There are no egos on this team," said McNamara, a 5-foot-2 junior attacker. "That's why we can keep on winning even though every opponent is shooting to knock us off. We don't even think about the other teams. We just focus on Maryland and what we can do to win."

The Terps (6-1) have bounced back from a triple-overtime defeat to North Carolina with five straight victories, and nobody on the team is dodging talk of six straight national titles.

"We can win a sixth straight title," McNamara said. "We're getting better every game and know what it takes to win. We have a certain connection among us. I don't really see it as such a big deal that I've been scoring some goals in place of Meredith. The team opens up an area for me, and I score off passes."

Carney, a junior midfielder and draw specialist, added one assist to her five goals and had 10 draw controls. While Carney was quiet on the outside yesterday, she admitted to a lot of emotions churning around inside of her.

"I played this game for `Pappy' [grandfather Chuck McCaffrey, who died suddenly Monday], but I didn't really tell anybody else on the team I was playing it for him," Carney said. "He never seen me play a game, but now he has watched me play one game. This one today from heaven."

It was obvious Carney felt uncomfortable talking about her grandfather and using him as a reason to get psyched up for Dartmouth (1-1).

"Every day is special for me when I get a chance to play this game," Carney said. "I love it. I don't need anybody to get me ready to play. Hey, just say my dad [Jim] wanted me to play this game for my grandfather."

Said Maryland coach Cindy Timchal: "What did I learn from this game? Well, I think it shows how good we are. I mean, Dartmouth has its best team ever and played great defense early, but we still were able to adjust and turn the game around."

Dartmouth 4 4 -- 8

Maryland 7 8 -- 15

Goals: D-Weitzel 3, Graw 2, Gibbons, Frazier, Moulin; M--Carney 5, Comito 3, McNamara 2, Hobbs 2, Adams, Jenkins, Sommar. Assists: D-Gibbons, Frazier; M-Adams 4, Carney, Comito, Jenkins, Porras. Saves: D-Leahy 5, Hughes 4; M-Kahoe 11.

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